Changing of the Guard in Copenhagen

Above: The canal at Nyhavn

A Short Story

During a short visit to Copenhagen, Denmark a group of our friends went off to see the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace. We headed off on our own with plans to find the Little Mermaid statue and stroll the canal district.

After finding the Little Mermaid and having coffee on the canal at Nyhavn we headed into the shopping district. Sometime a little after eleven we were window shopping along Dronningens Tvaergade when flashing police lights caught our attention. As we came out on the sidewalk we could see a crowd down the street at the next intersection.

The Little Mermaid*

Walking down to the corner we were surprised to see the Danish Royal Guard marching down the center of the street led by a police car. Traffic was backed up behind them and crowds followed down the sidewalk. They came to our position just as the traffic light turned red and they halted. Once the light turned green their commander gave the command to march and they moved off on down the street in the direction of Amalienborg Palace.

Nyhavn

As it turns out the Danish Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace right through downtown Copenhagen for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at noon each day. The guard leaves Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 am to arrive at Amalienborg Palace for the ceremony a half hour latter. If the Queen is in residence at the palace the guard marching across the city is even more exciting as they are accompanied by the Royal Guards Marching Band.

*The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille Havfrue) is a famous bronze statue on a rock at the waterside by sculptor Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen.

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